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are in custody in benghazi. they're being indirectly linked to the rocket attack on the u.s. consulate. i want to talk to jimana in tripoli, the libyan capital west of benghazi. first of all, what do we know about those arrested? >> very little, suzanne, so far. what we understand from libyan officials is that at least one of those arrested is a -- they were detained in benghazi yesterday. we know they are being interrogated to see what role they had in the attack, but according to one sore libyan official today, they may not have been directly linked to the attack. they may have ties to the extremist organization that carried out the attack. they have not been charged yet. they are detained and being intrargted acorked to libyan officials, so we should be knowing about this as information is released by the libyan government. >> do we believe these people are really responsible for what took place, or does this look like this is more kind of a show? >> well, quite frankly, suzanne, the libyan government here is under a lot of pressure when it comes to this. not only from the united states, bu
group led the hours long siege in benghazi, libya. the militants were apparently enraged by a cheaply made online film considered offensive to islam. just last hour one libyan leader joined the international chorus in condemning the tack. >> translator: we apologize to the u.s. and to the american people, to the government and also to the rest of the world for what happened yesterday. and at the same time, we expect the world to cooperate with us in order to confront to what is meant out of this kind of cowardice, criminal act. >> that is the libyan ambassador -- i'm sorry, libyan prime minister. cnn foreign aaffairs reporter elise labott is at the state department. you've known ambassador christopher for years. tell us about him. >> carol, what can i say? he was considered, really, at the state department the cream of the crop in terms of diplomatic foreign service officers. this was not a -- we're seeing him in a pinstripe suit right there. he's not really what you consider a pinstripe diplomat, sitting in his office. he was out in the field, working with all sectors of libyan socie
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in benghazi, and were waitinged for an opportunity to strike. that opportunity came in a street riot last night. here's secretary of state hillary clinton today. >> he risked his life to stop a tyrant, then gave his life trying to help build a better libya. live at the state department now to ellise. first of all, to the new information we are getting here because this is very rare. we understand for an ambassador to be killed by terrorists. does it change how people feel about what has happened at the state department that people's dear friend and colleague that he was not targeted, but this was something of a tragic accident? >> suzanne, i think the halls of the state department really are mourning right now everybody. chris stevens was someone that was well known to everybody. effects one of the most pop lash -- popular people of the foreign service. if you hear about one random person -- not to make light of their death, but one random person killed in a rocket attack, but this was someone that everyone in the state department knew. he was a very public figure, and right now everybody
on the united states consulate in benghazi. arwa damon got inside that building. it's now burned out and has the most complete picture that she's about to bring us of the violence from that night and the warning that came days before. >> amid the ash, soot, and debr debris, remnants of a life that was. and what it meant to those stationed here. scrawled on this sheet, libya is so important. traces of blood stain the walls. what is now a blackened ruin was a pleasant compound in an upscale benghazi neighborhood. libyan officials say tuesday night's attack was planned by islamist militants and quickly overwhelmed the libyan and american guards. the compound's first line of defense easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards that was stationed at the gate, armed with only a radio, the assault happened sim simultaneously from three different directions. he said he initially heard chanting growing increasingly louder and suddenly, the gun fire, the rocket propelled grenades and other heavy machine gun fire all began attacking the compound. he's so terrified of repercussions he's refusi
of the things they knew was that these groups were present in benghazi, they were well-organized, they have an infrastructure to them. they also knew of the presence of al qaeda sympathizers in the area, pockets of sympathizers. they also knew -- and we found this out from an intelligence source, there was an intelligence cable 48 hours before this attack took place that warned about the presence of this anti-muslim film on the internet. not only that, but that they had seen an up tick in the traffic visiting that site, that obviously this is a sign that this is gaining more popularity. cnn also found out that they had further indications that parts of this film were shown on egyptian television. that was according to an fbi memo that cnn was able to get a hold of. so all the clues were sort of there. now piecing them together was a different story. u.s. sources have told us, intelligence sources, that there was no actionable intelligence. as a matter of fact, the administration has been very open about coming out and saying that. so some clues were there, pulling them all together is a tou
.s. consulate in benghazi was a preplanned coordinated attack carried out by islamist radical groups, militants operating in the eastern part of the country, the big question is what will the libyan government do next. we heard strong words of condemnation coming out here. the president of the libyan parliament yesterday saying they will not let people stage attacks against western targets. but the big question is will they actually do anything beyond these words. we have seen attacks in recent months targeting western interests in and around the city of benghazi, but little was done to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, although the government now is vowing that they will bring those responsible for tuesday's attack to justice. but the government does know who these groups are, they're aware of their presence in and around the city of benghazi. these are groups that are linked to al qaeda. these are extremist militant groups that are known to have bases around in the eastern part of the country. there will be no doubt a lot of pressure from the united states on libyan authorit
groups that are operating in the eastern part of the country where the city of benghazi is. we heard yesterday from the country's general national that it's the ruling body here, that they spoke in benghazi and here is what he had to say. >> i wasn't given enough details about this by witnesses, and this makes me 100% sure that it was preplanned. and it was with terrible intention to inflict all this damage, all this. >> and fredricka, this attack did not come out of the blue. this is the latest in a series of attacks we have seen take place in that city of benghazi targeting western interests there. that same u.s. consulate back in june, a bomb exploded outside the consulate gates. there were no casualties in that attack, but it does seem that these extremist groups are operational in the east and are intent on targeting western interests there. >> and the fbi or teams of fbi agents were expected to arrive in libya today. what's the latest on that scheduled trip? >> we're hearing from u.s. officials, fredricka, is that that trip by the fbi team has been delayed. they have postponed
along with three of his american staffers were murdered by a mob in benghazi, libya. the attack yesterday was apparently triggered by a film, a film produced by an american by the name of sam basil. considered by many to be highly offensive to islam. again, a film. these murders taking place in a country that the united states helped to liberate from the dictator moammar gadhafi and a mob attacked the embassy in cairo, egypt, yesterday. climbing the embassy walls. tearing down and ripping apart the united states flag. it's unclear if the attacks were koord natded or plans to con side with the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks here in america. but moments ago, our president obama spoke out about these killings. >> the united states condemns in the strongest terms this outrageous and shocking attack. we're working with the government of libya to secure our diplomats. i've always directed my administration to increase our security at diplomatic posts around the world and make no mistake. we will work with the libyan government to bring to justice the killers who attacked our peo
a blackened ruin was a pleasant compound in an upscale benghazi neighborhood. libyan officials say tuesday night's attack was planned by islamist militants. and quickly overwhelmed the libyan and american guards. the compound's first line of defense, easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards who was stationed at the gate, armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he says that he initily hard chanting, growing louder and louder, and then suddenly, the gunfire, the rocket-propelled grenades, and machine gun fire attacking the compound. he is so terrified from retaliation he refuses to appear on camera. he says at one point the masked men came over and threatened him at gunpoint. he only survived because he was led away. a rocket-propelled grenade took out the power and set the main residence on fire. here, the bedroom where u.s. ambassador chris stevens stayed, part of a small suite. we are told this is where the ambassador, after being separated from his guards in the chaos, smoke and darkness died of smoke inhalation. what we
.s. consulate attack. it's a mission they call it a consulate, officially it's our mission in benghazi. and last week it was deadly there. protesters again back on the streets today, as well, and our cnn's arwa damon is live on the telephone in benghazi where she's been investigating this story. so we're hearing protests yet again on the street, all of this as you're able to interview the libyan program, arwa. for starters, why is this story where you are so much different than the story here, according to the state department? >> well, there has been quite a bit of contradiction when it comes to accounts of exactly what may have transpired on september 11th that led, of course, to the horrific events at the u.s. consulate. according to the prime minister, who we spoke to, so far they have seen eight individuals who are directly related to this attack. some of them are are being described as printer members of a known splinter group although the government is saying that the group itself at this point was not involved as an organization in the attacks itself. he said that there were no foreigner
. those counter-protesters rallied last night in benghazi against groups they say are responsible on the attack against the u.s. consulate that killed four americans. >> pro-democracy demonstrators began taking the situation into their own hands and storming various headquarters of known extremist militias in the city of benghazi. >> counter-protesters were met by some resistance. four people were killed and dozens injured last night in benghazi. more in libya in about three minutes here on cnn. >>> at least 220 people were killed today in syria with government forces shelling aleppo and the damascus suburb. this comes as leaders of the rebel free syrian army are moving from turkey into syrian territories. it's a milestone for the group who has many ex-soldiers who defected from president bashar al assad's army to fight the regime. the leader says the next step is to start liberating damascus. >>> the wife of a missing retired fbi agent hopes to meet with the president of iran to plead for her husband's safe return. robert levenson disappeared on kish island in 2007 while investig
cairo and yemen, and this following the attack on the embassy in benghazi in which chris collins and others were killed. and today, protesters stormed the embassy in yemen. three people were wounded when the police opened fire. >>> in cairo, protesters threw molotov cocktails and the police responded with tear gas. and now mohamed morsi is joining the chorus of the world leaders condemning the murder of the ambassador of the united states. >>> in teheran, protests outside of the swiss embassy which represents the u.s. since washington does not have diplomatic relations with iran. and also, american warships and u.s. marines are headed for libya as we speak. just a short while ago we learned identity of one more of the americans who were killed in libya. a person speaking for the family says she glenn dohertyf massachusetts. also, political fallout is building in the country over mitt romney's quick attack over president and the way that the american administration handled this crisis. cnn has reporters right across the globe throughout the middle east and we have handle on every
and the ongoing investigation of that deadly attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we're learning more and seeing exactly what happened during the final hours of ambassador christopher stevens' life. arwa damon is in benghazi and spoke with a man who recorded part of it on his cell phone. >> reporter: this is the first thing that fahed saw and felt at the compound. the cafeteria building up in flames. it was shortly before midnight september 11th, smoke so thick the compound's main house is barely visible. and then, this -- breaking through a window, men shout they have found a body. suddenly one of them cries out, he's alive, he's alive! the crowd cheers, god is great. rushing for a car they realize it's a foreigner. i was filming video and i thought it was an american fahed recalls but i thought it was a driver or a security guy. i never thought it was the ambassador. it's clear from the rest of the video that the man they pulled out was ambassador christopher stevens. fahed says he was alive but barely. he had a pulse, and his eyes were moving, fahed says. his mouth was black from a
in that attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, stevens was worried about what he described as the never ending security threats in that city. also the u.s. counterterrorism chief is now calling that assault that killed stevens and three of his american colleagues a terrorist attack. and there are reports that a former detainee at guantanamo bay who was released and returned to libya may have, in fact, been the ringleader of benghazi attack. cnn has not yet been able to independently confirm that latter report. but our cnn national security contributor fred townsend joins us live. she's a member of the cia external advisory committee. she was also a personal friend of ambassador stevens and had visited libya with her employer. are your sources saying anything about this report, a series of reports that, in fact, it may have been a former gitmo prisoner that was released in amnesty, went back to libya and orchestrated these murders? >> the individual that we're talking about is a well-known sort of al qaeda bad guy. he was taken in custody and served time at guantanamo. he was released to the li
. there is no dignity in that. the people of benghazi -- in their midst and clee re-claimed the honor and dignity of a courageous city. they mourn the loss of ambassador chris stevens, a friend and champion of a free libya, and his fallen comrades. >> of course, that's one sad example of had you things can go very, very wrong, suzanne. >> jill, we know that she's also going to be meeting with the libyan leader as well as the leader of afghanistan, hamid karzai, in the days to come. we'll be looking to see if there's anything that comes of that as well. jill dougherty, thank you. >>> more than 50 current and former heads of state are participating in this clinton global initiative, and, of course, the gop presidential nominee, he is also going to have a role. president obama, is he going to speak tomorrow at noon eastern. mitt romney is giving a speech a couple of hours later. egyptian president mohammed morsi will take part in a closing session. he is going to speak on wednesday. sanctions against iran may be harsher than ever, but iran continues to build its nuclear program. it's got some specia
of the eastern region where the city of benghazi is saying that a number of individuals suspected of involvement in the attack on the consulate in the city of benghazi have been detained. and they are being interrogated right now. an investigation is ongoing with these individuals. and he says this will reveal either their development or innocence in this attack. >> all right. jomana karadsheh, thank you railroad much. hopefully it will find out if they're victims of a plot or outrage shown as american outposts through the world. demonstrators in at least ten countries, building against america over what one reported american created, a movie that mocks the prophet muhammad as a child molester and a womanizer and in iran, chants of death to america. in yemen, several thousand people demonstrated, some of them breached a wall of the u.s. embassy. 24 security officers were hurt along with at least 3 protesters who were injured. in egypt, you're looking at live pictures now. state television reports more than 200 people were hurt in anti-u.s. protests in cairo. the secretary of state hillary clinto
that's erupting. starting with kcairo. benghazi and now, beyond. you wrote an op-ed "the new york times" about all of this saying the republicans are in disarray, they're divided about national security and foreign policy. so, did mr. romney's handling, his comments following the unrest in egypt further kind of underscore a real girth of understanding if not confusion? >> yeah, it's a little bit of both and i think if you see mitt romney hours after our top diplomat and three other americans were murdered in libya, he was trying to use this as a political case and then the reaction to romney within his own party. many republicans shaking their heads and criticizing and saying this is not the moment. some even noting that when reagan and george h.w. bush ran for president in 1980 and we had servicemen killed trying to rescue hostages in iran, reagan didn't politicize that moment, neither did bush, so it seems that the republican party has lost its way. there are so many splits inside of the party about spending and how do we predict power in the world that many republicans really don't k
nations told reporters she believes a rocket attack in benghazi was a spur of the moment act, carried out by extremisextremists. >>> explosions shook the suburbs of damascus today. opposition groups report that 167 people were killed across the country. >>> three straight days, three separate deadly attacks on nato forcesn afghanistan, not by obvious taliban fighters or al qaeda but by infiltrators acting alone or in groups often wearing the uniform of nato's allies. here's cnn's anna coren in kabul. >> reporter: it's been a deadly weekend here in afghanistan, two more green-on-blue attacks, having afghan soldiers turning on the coalition forces training them. early sunday morning four american soldiers were killed after an afghan police officer turn his weapon on them. this follows an attack on two british soldiers who were killed on saturday. this is an alarming trend for coalition forces who have already lost 51 soldiers this year as a result of green-on-blue attacks compared to 35 last year. >>> in other tragic news, nato claimed responsibility for a deadly air strike that's killed ei
everything that has transpired since the attacks in benghazi. i think the president, the secretary tried to hit all these points and yet this backdrop of military dignity and precision, an attempt to offer comfort to the families that their loved ones will not be forgotten, this is the kind of honors that the military has rendered so many times over the last 11 years, whether it is the most junior private in the u.s. army that has fallen on the battlefields of afghanistan, a senior diplomat that has revered throughout the muslim world, or a former navy s.e.a.l. who served with honor and distinction and tried to go on and serve again in the diplomatic corps. it is the same honors, the same rendering of respect and dignity that really the military renders to all and has so many times in recent years done. >> absolutely, barbara. it is hard to, as i said to watch this and not be moved. we were fighting back the tears here in the studio. i'm sure people around the world were doing the same. and one can only imagine, only imagine what the family members of these men are dealing with right now
capital of tripoli to honor the four americans killed in an attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. they will be holding a memorial service momentarily for u.s. ambassador chris stevens, former navy seals glen dougherty and tyrone woods, and information officer sean smith. officials believe the four men were killed by radical islamic insurgents who used a protest over an anti-muslim film as a diversion to attack the consulate. ala gorani has more on the kinds of concerns that ambassador stevens apparently had about his personal security or the security of his fellow comrades there. >> right, and of american interests in eastern libya and other parts of libya as well. you know, all the way back in june of this year a senior libyan official was already telling cnn that u.s. drones were flying over suspected jihady camps, that this was already a cause for concern. according to the libyan official, and this is something, again, that was said a few months ago back in june long before this attack on the u.s. consulate that there are 200 to 300 men under the control of radical islamist co
of both the house and the senate of what exactly happened in the u.s. consulate in benghazi some nine days ago. the director of the national counter terrorism center confirms that terrorists killed these four americans. among them, u.s. ambassador to libya chris stevens. now, an unnamed source tells cnn that stevens feared he was on an al qaeda hit list. that source went on to tell us that stevens worried about what he called never ending security threats in benghazi and specifically spoke about the growing presence of al qaeda in libya. but the u.s. counter terrorism director says it's still not clear if they seized on the opportunity of the furious protesters of the anti-muslim video opened up. the ranking member of the senate's homeland security committee says whatever the case, security should have been much, much tighter for the ambassador. >> i'm just stunned and appalled that there wasn't better security for all of the american personnel at that consulate, given the high threat environment. >> senior congressional correspondent data bash is there for me in the capitol. we know, dana
with the u.s. state department are honing in on some brand-new videotape out of benghazi, libya. and it's videotape that shows witnesses -- well, at least witnesses say -- shows ambassador chris stevens being pulled out of a charred window just moments after this attack on the u.s. consulate there last week. here's our arwa damon with that video. >> reporter: this is the first thing that he says he saw and filmed at the consulate compound. the cafeteria building up in flames. it was shortly before midnight, september 11th. the smoke so thick, the compound's main house is barely visible. and then this. after breaking through a window, men shout they have found a body. suddenly, one of them cries out, "he's alive! he's alive!" the crowd cheers. "god it great!" rushing for a car, they realize it's a foreigner. "i was filming the video, and i thought it was an american, fahed recalls, but i thought it was a driver or a security guy. i never thought it was the ambassador." it's clear from the rest of the video that the man they pulled out was ambassador christopher stevens. fahed says he was
to investigation the matter. inside that burned out consulate in benghazi to put together the violence from that night. >> reporter: amid the ash, soot and debris, remnants of a life that was, and what it meant to those stationed here. scrawled on this sheet, memories so important. what was a backened ruin was an up scale neighborhood. officials say tuesday night's attack was planned by islamist militants, and quickly overwhelmed the guards. the compound's first line of defense, easily breached. according to one of the libyan guards stationed at the gate armed with only a radio, the assault happened simultaneously from three different directions. he said he first heard chanting growing louder and louder, suddenly then, gunfire, and heavy machine gun fire is attacking the compound. he is so afraid of retaliation he is refusing to appear on camera. he says at one point the masked men came over to threaten him for protecting the infidels, he only survived because another managed to lead him away. a rocket-propelled grenade took out the tower, and set the main residence on fire. here, the bedro
about the three other american who is died in that consulate attack in benghazi this week, ambassador stevens, tie roan woods, glen doherty, and sean smith were all united in their affection for the middle east and the people there. chris stevens fell in love with the middle east when he served as a volunteer peace corps -- as a volunteer in the peace corps. he has been praised as a great friend of libya and served as liaison to the rebel who is overthrew dictator moammar gadhafi. tyrone woods became a navy s.e.a.l. after his mom suggested he join the military. he was also a paramedic and a registered nurse. his third child, kai, was born just a few months ago. and glen doherty was a ski instructor and raft guide in utah before becoming a navy s.e.a.l. he planned to leave the military after knee surgery in 2001, but that changed when the 9/11 attacks occurred. doherty also served on the advisory board of the military religious freedom foundation. in his ten-year career in the foreign service, sean smith was a computer expert, but he also had an alter ego in the virtual universe of com
is our top priority. what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack and we will not rest until we have tracked down and brought to justice the terrorist who murdered four americans. >> of course, this just begs the question if security is the priority, how could that happen in benghazi? we may know more soon. a state department investigation into the consulate attack will begin this week. joining me now is chiffon gorman with the wall street journal. the wall street journal has been doing in-depth reporting on this. hillary clinton says the consulate was woefully inadequate. was she right? >> we're not able to judge that just yet, but it was certainly limited in security personnel. there was four armed libyan guards and four unarmed libyan guards. on the day of the attack, there were also five or so armed diplomatic security officers, proce presumably because the ambassador was there as well. what was interesting as we looked into it was that security hadn't really changed, even though the threats there were escalating from about april on. and they also lacked some pretty basic precaut
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